Pink Panther Show

The first season of “The Pink Panther Show” ran on NBC from 1969 to 1970 and came over to the UK. It was a top cartoon in it’s day as it had attitude and appealed to adults and kids.

Who can forget the amazing car that kid had. I really wasn’t interested on the elephant, tiger or rhinoceroses. The kids playing volley ball or going down a slide. I just wanted that pink car!

The opening sequence showed a boy driving what a believe was called the Panthermobile from the countryside to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

It was only when I visited Hollywood 30 years later and the Chinese Theatre it then occurred to me – ah the very place the Pink Panther was dropped off. No Panthermobile car though!

The Pink Panther Show

Pink Panther Show Lyrics

Think of all the animals you ever heard about
Like rhinoceroses and tigers, cats and mink
There are lots of funny animals in all this world
But have you ever seen a panther that is pink?
Think! A panther that is positively pink!


Well here he is, the Pink Panther
The Pink Panther
Ev’rybody loves a panther that’s pink
He really is a groovy cat
And he’s a gentleman, a scholar, he’s a acrobat

He’s in the pink, the Pink Panther
The rinky-dink panther
And it’s as plain as your nose
That he’s the one and only, truly original
Panther pink from head to toe
That he’s the one and only, truly original
Panther Pink Panther from head to toe!

Series Breakdown of the Pink Panther Shows

The first season of The Pink Panther Show (1969-1970) consisted of one The Inspector entry sandwiched by two Pink Panther entries. On occasion, the scenario would be reversed, with a Pink Panther entry sandwiched by two Inspector entries

The New Pink Panther Show (1971-1974) aired the same half-hour format of the show, but with The Inspector replaced by The Ant and the Aardvark, and a new opening/closing sequence and theme song. Some Pink Panther cartoons were repeated from the previous shows.

Another series aired afterwards under the same title of The Pink Panther Show, but mirroring the format as The New Pink Panther Show. Some Pink Panther shorts were broadcast for the first time, while older entries were repeated. Bumpers featuring The Inspector and the Ant and the Aardvark connected the three entries.

The All New Pink Panther Show (1978-1980) was a new series that commenced after NBC cancelled the long-running Pink Panther Show (1969-1978). ABC-TV picked up the series, and requested 32 brand new made-for-television Pink Panther shorts, along with 16 entries for the new Crazylegs Crane segment. A newly recorded theme song was featured during the opening and closing credits, and no bumpers were produced

5 thoughts on “Pink Panther Show

  1. During the 1973/74 tv season…”The Ritts Puppets”served as the on camera hosts/performers of”The Pink Panther Show”Saturday Mornings on
    NBC TV.

    • Mr. Butler,

      I have a question for you about another program “Magic Garden”. On Wikipedia it says that “The Magic Garden” aired on Nick Jr. starting on January 3, 1994. I believe that is incorrect, but not positive. Do you know if that is true or not? I have some other questions I wanted to ask you also, but I don’t know where a good place is to post them?

  2. Can anyone tell me who sung that opening / closing theme song to the 1969/70 series that starts “Think of all the animals” ? Wondered about this for years , thank you

    • Doug Goodwin, who arranged 3 themes for the show & its affiliates. I still don’t know who the kid was “driving”. Chuck Barris built the Panthermobile, it resides today with Jay Oesterberg’s display.

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